12 Apps Every Busy Woman Needs

Your phone can be a lifesaver when it comes to organizing your life, but  it can also be your worst nightmare when it becomes too distracting. Here, we found some apps that help with both. Read up to find your newest personal assistant and a coach to help increase your productivity. 

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Photo @cgdlondon

 

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Photo by @femalehustlers.academy

Evernote

Rating: 4.8 stars

What its for: Organizing your life. With notes. All of your devices can access your Evernote documents simultaneously, so you can take your meeting notes and your grocery lists with you. You can search through saved emails and PDF files for key words, which makes it easy to find what you’re looking for without combing through multiple inboxes. This app is a lifesaver for when you’re feeling too spread out and need to keep things in one place. 

 
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Photo by @blackliststore

Flipboard

Rating: 4.5 stars

What its for: Creating your own personal daily magazine. Flipboard links to your social media accounts and favourite news sources to give you a beautiful sample of what’s going on in the world today. Don’t worry about checking Facebook, then Insta, then BBC… Flipboard makes it super easy by putting it all right in front of you.  

 
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Photo by @thefemalehustlers.academy

Audible

Rating: 4.8 stars

What its for: Listening to books. Audible is a great way to listen to Amazon’s huge library without having to bury your nose in pages. Ideal for the girl who drives to work or wants to brush up on literature while doing her hair in the morning, Audible makes it easy to get everything you want from a book, without the book. The app lets you download stories so you can listen offline, sync your progress with your Kindle app so that you can switch between physically reading and listening, and slow down the speed of the reading voice so that you catch every detail. 

 
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Photo by @blackliststudio

LastPass

Rating: 4.5 stars

What its for: Remembering all of your passwords. LastPass uses secure encryption technology to keep track of your login information across all devices, which means you can feel free to sign up for all of the online accounts you could possibly want. Forgot password? Definitely not. 

 
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Photo by @riflepaperco

Pocket

Rating: 4.8 stars

What it’s for: Saving all of the stories your someone sends you, for a time you can actually read them. Whenever you come across an article, video, or link that you want to check out, save it to Pocket and read it later at a more convenient time. The app automatically downloads your stories so that you don’t have to worry about internet connection, and keeps everything organized in an interface that’s fun to use. You can save things from virtually anywhere, websites, Facebook, email, even Flipboard, and access the app from whichever device you’re on. Genius. 

 
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Photo by @riflepaperco

Forest

Rating: 4.8 stars 

What it’s for: Growing a virtual forest with your productivity. Every time you need to focus, without distraction from your phone,  open the app and plant a tree. While you have the app open, the tree you planted will continue to grow and blossom. This app motivates you to focus on the task at hand without checking Insta every five minutes. It is based on the Pomodoro method and is an extremely satisfying way to stay focused. The more time you spend growing your trees (ie. not using social media) the more tree species you can unlock to grow a lush forest. You can even help plant real trees with the app’s partner organization, Trees for the Future. 

 
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Photo by @cgdlondon

Raiz (Previously known as Acorns)

Rating: 4.7 stars

What it’s for: Investing your spare change. The app will automatically invest the change that you get from purchases into diversified portfolios built by a Nobel Prize-winning economist. All you have to start with is 5$, and then you can just watch your money grow, week by week. This app makes it easy and simple to start investing money, by just investing your spare change, or by choosing to make a weekly deposit- you can even start a retirement fund in the app. 

 
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Bring! Grocery Shopping List

Rating: 4.5 stars

What it’s for: The best grocery shopping experience you can have. Create and share grocery lists with family members, so that no one forgets to buy your favorite muesli ever again. The sharing feature is great, but the app also lets you import recipes so that the ingredients are automatically added to your master list, and you can upload pictures of your favourite items so that you always have the right brand. Bring! has been praised by many tech reviewers, like Gizmodo and TechCrunch, for good reason.

 
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Photo by @riflepaperco

Blinkist

Rating: 4.7 stars

What it’s for: Reading nonfiction books in 15 minutes. There are more than 2,000+ titles on the Blinkist app that have been carefully crafted into digestible 15-minute audio books. The app’s creators used neuroscience techniques to help listeners get the most out of the information they hear, and have handpicked all of the books featured on the app. For those with an endless curiosity and little time to read, this app is the perfect way to learn more everyday. 

 
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Photo by @bodymindlife

Insight Timer

Rating: 4.8 stars

What it’s for: Cultivating a meditation practice. Insight Timer is a lovely (and free!) way to customize your meditation experience. There are thousands of guided meditations from the likes of Melissa Ambrosini and The Stillpoint, but if that’s not your speed, you can simply listen to a high-quality ambient song or set a timer for the amount of time that works for you. Users are reported to experience better sleep, reduced anxiety, and increased mindfulness in their everyday lives. We could all use a little more of that. 

 
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Photo by @thefemalehustlers.academy

Airtasker

Rating: 4.8 stars

What it’s for: People who would do anything to get their new IKEA furniture put together for them. Airtasker is an interface where you can post nearly any task, like putting together furniture, delivering parcels, or cleaning your home, and pairs you with a handy dandy helper. If you’re looking for a side hustle with flexible hours and good pay, feel free to take a look at their new tasks updated daily. They operate throughout all of Australia. 

 
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Photo by @blackliststore

Asana

Rating: 4.8 stars

What it’s for: Organizing your work, to-dos, and ideas all in one place. The My Task screen opens whenever you click open the app, showcasing your most important goals for the day ahead. Then, there are features where you can communicate with coworkers and develop boards for joint tasks. Asana keeps all of your to-dos segregated into helpful sections so they don’t get lost or jumbled. It’s a life-saver for the girl who has a couple different projects going on at the same time. 

 

Honourable Mention: Shapr, like Tinder for networking career women. For the people who find reaching out to others on LinkedIn incredibly awkward, this app is a great way to meet like-minded people in your field. When two people swipe right on one another, they can start to message in order to set up a coffee date or something of the like.

Story By: Zoe Brown